Georgia Council for the Arts

 Proud Member Since 1993

Marching Band is BACK - now with more awesome!

It's time! Marching rehearsals resume this Sunday, September 7th, promptly at 6pm. We'll be taking a new approach to rehearsals, in an effort to make them more productive and enjoyable. Resident music educators Kyle and Miles will be leading us through our marching pieces so we can really focus on playing well and improving our sound as a group. It's a bit of a clean slate for our new pieces of music, so if you have been considering joining marching band but haven't yet, this will be a great time to jump in. We only have FIVE rehearsals before Pride, so if you want to march in the Southeast's largest Pride Parade, you need to attend these!

Previous Concerts of our 21st Performance Season

Set Sail Concert Poster

Set Sail with AFB!!

Ahoy, Matey!  On Saturday June 21, the Concert Band invited music loving land lubbers to embark on a musical adventure exploring the majesty, beauty, and fun of the sea.  The concert program featured traditional songs of the sea paired with "epic" works that evoked swash-buckling adventure.  

Concert selections include: 
"Eternal Father Strong to Save" (US Navy Hymn) by C.T. Smith
"Sea Songs" by Thomas Knox
"Sea Hawk, Suite for Symphonic Band" by Eric Korngold, arr. Brubaker
"The Seal Lullaby" by Eric Whitacre
"Hands Across the Sea" by John Philip Sousa
"Bride of the Waves" by Herbert L. Clarke
"Pirates of the Caribbean" by John Wasson
"Gilbert and Sullivan Symphonic Suite" arranged by Ted Ricketts
"Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa

Spring Swing with the MetroGnomes

ood, Drinks, Dancing, and Great Music were enjoyed by all  during AFB's second annual Spring Swing, featuring the MetroGnomes Stage Band.  
The event this year was held a great new location this year, the Hudson Grille in Midtown, which offered lots of room every one to spin on the dance floor or just sit back and enjoy the great music.  

The MetroGnomes performed everything from classic swing to boogie-woogie to rock and roll.

Click HERE to visit our Facebook album and see some highlights from the event!

Music of the Far East Concert Poster

A Memorable Journey: Music of the Far East
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 8 PM

Eastern music met Western instruments at Atlanta Freedom Bands’ March 15 “Music of the Far East” concert.  The band lead the audience on a musical tour that includes works from Japan, China, Korea, Indonesia and Singapore.  

The concert featured Dr. Robert Foster, shakuhachi flute master from Augusta State University, and concert host Dr. Yayoi Everett, Professor of Music at Emory University.
This was one of the more unusual wind band concerts one might be likely to hear.  

The pieces on the program captured portraits in sound of the different countries represented.  In fact, the repertoire called for 34 different percussion instruments, some of which our very own percussion section made from scratch to match the native instruments the composers called for in their scores.  

As always, a tasty reception followed the show!

Our Pan-Asian concert program included a wide variety of pieces, sounds, and cultural references:

"The Singapore Flyer" by Satoshi Yagisawa - Capturing the excitement of a ride on the world's tallest observational wheel
"Spring Festival" by Chen Yi - Celebrating the annual Chinese celebrations marking the start of the new year
"Figuration for Shakuhachi and Band" by Tetsunosuke Kushida - With a special performance and mini-talk by shakuhachi flute master Dr. Robert Foster
"Bali" by Michael Colgrass - Featuring the sound of a homemade gamelan with bowls of metal, clay, and porcelain
"Variations on A Korean Folk Song" by John Barnes Chance -
An enchanting, 600-year-old song of unrequited passion in a land of dreams
"Selections from 'Princess Mononoke'" by Joe Hasaishi - A suite of music from the most popular movie in Japan in 1997
"Concordia - A Chinese American Overture" by Rob Grice - Honoring the connection and friendship between our two countries
"Orient Express" by Philip Sparke - Enjoy a magical ride on the historic train that links East and West


Upcoming Events


September 27  - Marching Band/Color Guard

October 4  - MetroGnomes Marching Band/Color Guard

October 12  - Marching Band/Color Guard

October 18  - Marching Band/Color Guard

October 19  - Marching Band/Color Guard